Learning to cook … one kid at a time

All I really want is a cheeseburger … March 15, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Lunch — gastromami @ 9:57 am




It is officially the first Friday of Lent and all I want is a

Big.  Juicy.  Cheeseburger.

With Fries.

(and not sweet potato fries – no nutritional value extra crispy fries with aioli)


But it’s Lent.

And it’s Friday.

s … i … g … h


Speaking of Lent, I think it was pretty stupid of me to give up ALL desserts rather than my standard ice cream.

(especially since this I’m convinced is a girl due to my sweet tooth child really really wants something sugary!)

Also, I can see this whole “no dessert” thing killing our grocery budget as I’m substituting with fruit, and not just a few strawberries,

No, I ate almost an entire pineapple the other night.

(Time to start buying our grapes at Costco.)


Ok, enough ranting and raving about Lent.

I made the decision I made;  here’s to 37 more days of keeping it!

(and a few glorious days of ice cream sundae indulgence!)



So, since a cheeseburger wasn’t in the picture tonight

(and seriously, my kid won’t eat that (meat) anyway)

I scoured the cupboards and made one of my favorite summer dishes:


Fruity Couscous with Shrimp


This is a simple, simple dish.

It constantly changes, depending on what I have on hand.


First, cook the couscous according to package directions,


instead of water or stock,

use fruit juice!

Tonight, not wanting “too sweet” of a meal, I used 1 part vegetable stock to 1 part mango juice.


Then, throw in whatever you want!



Tonight I included:

1 can mandarin oranges

1 handful craisins

1 can baby corn, chopped into 1/2″ pieces

1 can garbanzo beans

1 bunch (seen better days) cilantro, chopped

1 handful fresh basil, chopped

(fresh and light herbs are key!)

** the “salad” was a little bit drier than I like so I also added about 3/4 cup mango juice



For the shrimp:


I seasoned with the juice of 1/2 lemon


freshly ground black pepper



Saute in olive oil until cooked!





Ren approved!


But Mama was seriously missing a cheeseburger ….


Makes a great “next day” lunch!!









Happiness …

Sometimes it comes in the form of meat



Even Ren ate 1/2 a cheeseburger!


One Response to “All I really want is a cheeseburger …”

  1. Alina Alfonso Says:

    NOW he looks like his dada – Reny used to love cheeseburgers when he was that age – homemade, not at any chain restaurant! Lots of love to both of you, and I hope you can keep the “no dessert for lent” promise!

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